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Roly Poly Steiff Leads Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale

14th February 2022.

A rare Steiff ‘Roly Poly’ teddy bear rolled to success when it sold for £2,500 (plus buyer’s premium) in Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on 12th February. Offered with an estimate of £600-800 plus buyer’s premium, the yellow mohair bear attracted bidders from around the world before selling to a buyer in the North of England. The bear was made in the early 20th century and had a rattle inside and a quirky, characterful expression. Steiff introduced ‘Roly Poly’ toys to their line up in the 1909 catalogue, marketed as ‘Toys for Tiny Tots’ with figures including a farmer, cats and rabbits. The teddy was listed as coming in four sizes, 7, 8, 10 and 14 inches, however, smaller 5 1/4-inch versions such as this example are known.

Also selling well above estimate was an Early 20th Century Louis Vuitton Trunk, covered in the distinctive LV monogrammed canvas. Estimated to sell for £700-900, the trunk reached a hammer price of £2,500, demonstrating the continued demand for vintage Louis Vuitton luggage.

Amongst the antique costume in the sale were two pairs of Lady’s silk shoes from the 18th century, which sold for £2,000 and £900, and an 18th century cream silk skirt woven with trailing flowers, which sold for £650. Vintage costume saw high demand, too, with 1950s cotton day dresses continuing to sell well above estimate. Highlights of the vintage costume section included a lot of 12 assorted 1950s printed cotton day dresses that sold for £650, and a lot of 20 1970s and later vintage evening and day dresses by the likes of Jean Varon and Horrockes that sold for £550.

Further highlights of the sale included a Victorian model of a house, decorated in velvet and shells, which sold for £800, an early 19th century Chinese carved tortoiseshell fan, which sold for £850, and a vibrant 19th century silk patchwork bed cover decorated in a tumbling block design, which sold for £800.

The sale achieved a total hammer prices of £57,870 for the 258 lots, and a 94 % sold rate.


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